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Bishop Anthony Fisher appointed Archbishop of Sydney

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BISHOP Anthony Fisher, a Dominican, is the new Archbishop of Sydney. Pope Francis announced the appointment on September 18. The Bishop of Parramatta becomes the ninth Archbishop of Sydney. His appointment follows the transfer of Cardinal George Pell, former Archbishop of Sydney, to the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy. In a statement released from Parramatta diocese, Bishop Fisher said he ... Read More »

Victims are top priority

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By Peter Bugden THE biggest challenge for the Church in dealing with child sexual abuse is to address its culture and tendency to be self-protective of its image, Truth, Justice and Healing Council chief executive officer Francis Sullivan said in Brisbane recently. Mr Sullivan was guest speaker at Brisbane archdiocese’s Assembly of Catholic Professionals lunch at the Hilton Hotel on ... Read More »

Australian participants hope synod on family will show a better way


By Peter Bugden  AUSTRALIANS invited to the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family are not hoping for changes in Church teaching, but for better ways to spread its message of love and compassion and to pastorally support families. That was a consensus among some of those who will attend the synod from October 5-19 in Rome. The extraordinary synod ... Read More »

Striving for the best in our sporting nation

AUSTRALIA’S Catholic bishops have gone into bat for the future of “good sport” in Australia. This follows the launch of the bishops’ 2014­2015 Social Justice Statement, A Crown for Australia: Striving for the best in our sporting nation. The statement comes ahead of Social Justice Sunday being celebrated on September 28. Former AFL coach and player Kevin Sheedy and journalist ... Read More »

Church people comment on Australia’s military involvement in Iraq

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By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Deacon Gary Stone is watching Australia’s deepening military involvement in northern Iraq with concern and frustration yet he knows the lives of innocent people must be protected. As an infantry lieutenant colonel, he commanded an Australian Army peacekeeping contingent on the Iran-Iraq border in 1989-90. In 2003, Deacon Stone warned in a story in The ... Read More »

Brisbane student to say ‘g’day’ to Pope Francis

Cameron will talk to Pope Francis next week

CAMERON Harder-Hutton found out on Monday that next week he will need to make an important phone call that he will never forget. The Year 12 student will call Pope Francis at 1am on September 5 to take part in a global meeting with six other young representing the world’s continents. He will be the only person to represent Oceania ... Read More »

Nominations open for new Australian Catholic awards

CATHOLICS who have displayed exemplary leadership and dedication in the community have the chance to be honoured with a new award this November. The Community Leader Awards recognises professionals, youth, school leaders, volunteers and parishioners who, inspired by their Catholic faith, have made a significant difference to Australian culture. Catholics living in Australia are invited to nominate themselves or another ... Read More »

Forum boosts evangelisation effort

By Emilie Ng CHRISTIAN leaders at this year’s John Paul II Australian Leaders Forum were given a boost of support in their efforts to evangelise Australian culture. The forum, now in its second year, attracted top corporate business leaders, religious leaders, politicians, and employees from various Australian dioceses including large numbers from the Brisbane archdiocese. American university law professor and ... Read More »

Faith-filled leaders thanked for dedication

TWO remarkable Catholic leaders have been praised for their compassion, wisdom and kindness. Cardinal Edward Clancy and Bishop Edmund (Ted) Collins have been remembered after their deaths with affection and love by friends, family and colleagues. Cardinal Edward Clancy of Sydney was laid to rest after a Mass of Christian burial at St Mary’s Cathedral on August 9. Cardinal Clancy, ... Read More »

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